Orange Blossom and Bombay Sapphire

Happy Friday!!!
A very sweet friend of mine sent me a fun text this afternoon, we always send each other crazy texts, greeting each other in the morning at precisely 7 am. with things like “good morning my little forest fairy” or “good morning my little meadow muffin” you get the idea…

but fun!!
😀 😀 😀

Friday Poem

“Your week is done as is mine.
Time for some beer maybe some wine.
The sun it shines on your heart and mine.
We embrace our free time with beer and wine.
Have a great weekend my friend.”

orange blossum

Orange Blossom & Bombay Sapphire

This delicious orange blossom and gin cocktail recipe has been exclusively designed by Bombay Sapphire and florist Robbie Honey to celebrate the start of spring.

The days are getting longer and those cold winter nights shorter, so why not celebrate with a cocktail in hand? Renowned florist Robbie Honey and iconic gin brand, Bombay Sapphire have teamed up to create this deliciously refreshing orange infused tipple.

A fresh take on the classic G&T.

What You’ll Need:

  • 50ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 100ml Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic Water
  • 10ml Orange Blossom Honey
  • Cubed Ice
  • Garnish: 1 straw, 1 very long orange peel twist spritzed over the glass for aroma

What To Do:

  1. Drizzle the honey into the bottom of a tall glass an add the Bombay Sapphire.
  2. Stir to mix fully then add plenty of cubed ice.
  3. Top with the Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic Water and stir to combine.
  4. Finish by spritzing the orange peel over the top and sides of the glass then feed the peel into the glass around the ice creating an imaginative spiral effect

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Arizona on my mind….

An Atypical AngieGrapevine Post

Sorry guys I couldn’t help myself
I have Gay and Lesbian friends and family and this really struck a cord with me on many levels!

Another controversial post…but here goes, I know everyone has different views, opinions and beliefs and I respect that
Or do I…..?
I find it hard to respect the beliefs of some Arizona Government officials…
But I’m going to stand on my old soap box once again…

angies soap box
Yesterday I read an article about Bill SB 1062 which primarily targets the LGBT community but it also targets people of different Religion.
Some will disagree with me as I disagree with Bill SB 1062-the bill that would have legalized discrimination by private businesses, corporations and their employees.
Legalize Discrimination??!!  

* I can’t understand what makes a man hate another man, Help me understand*

People such as Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks,  Satyarthi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bill Siksay, Svend Robinson the list goes on and on, these brave and exceptional human beings  have fought for equality and freedom from oppression for all human beings, whether it be religion , women and childrens’ rights, African American, LGBT etc.. they have devoted to and given their lives in support of equality.

I just thought as a society we had come a little further than this.  As the song says “People are People so why should it be…”

I was and still am in a shock over what I read!  I kept thinking it must be a joke!  I knew not everyone accepted the gay community and relationships and different religious beliefs but this has taken it to a totally new level for me!!

Some people in the state of Arizona are just now realizing that gay people have money and buy stuff.” REALLY!!??….REALLY!!??

The following is what I read, I am still in disbelief , actually speechless!

The state of Arizona found itself in the middle of a conundrum today as it awoke to the awkward realization that gay people have money and buy stuff. – Wakey ,Wakey!

Just days after the Arizona legislature passed a law that would enable businesses to discriminate against gays, it emerged that gays spend billions of dollars in Arizona each year—an unexpected development that seemed to take many legislators by surprise.- Educated people, running the state? hmmm??

Carol Foyler, a Tea Party Republican who supported the anti-gay law, said that the startling bombshell that gays play a role in the state’s economy put her and her fellow lawmakers “in a tight spot.”- ya think?

“Quite frankly, we were blindsided by this,” she said. “We had no idea that gays had money and bought things just like regular people do.”- are you kidding?

Acknowledging that her vote for the anti-gay law might have been calamitous for the state’s economy, Ms. Foyler placed the blame for it squarely on the shoulders of one group: the gays themselves. – ???

“How was I supposed to know what gay people do with their money, etc., when I don’t personally know any gay people?” she asked. “I’m sorry, but it was up to the gays to tell us.”- honestly?! this is just stupidity!

Another article came out late Wednesday night

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.- Good

The controversial measure faced a surge of opposition in recent days from large corporations and athletic organizations, including Delta Air Lines, the Super Bowl host committee and Major League Baseball. – Even Better

Fiercely divided supporters and opponents of the bill ramped up pressure on Brewer after the state’s Republican-led Legislature approved it last week. – Good!

On Wednesday, the governor said she made the decision she knew was right for Arizona.

“I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd,” Brewer said, criticizing what she described as a “broadly worded” bill that “could result in unintended and negative consequences.” – She is standing for what she believes in…

Brewer said she’d weighed the arguments on both sides before vetoing the measure, which is known as SB 1062.- Smart

Questions courtesy of CNN 😀

  • Did Gov. Brewer make the right call?
  • How will her decision potentially affect other states looking at similar legislation?
  • Do you think businesses should have the right to choose who they serve? Should a company be able to refuse service to same-sex couples because its religious beliefs do not coincide with customers’ sexual orientations?
  • Are religious freedom laws just a license to discriminate?


Bubble and Squeak and a poem

Traditional Bubble and Squeak history

Bubble and squeak it is a dish of fried potatoes and other vegetables. But during 18th century it was a dish of fried meat and cabbage. The name ‘bubble and squeak’ was defined by Francis Grose in his dictionary in 1785. It is called bubble and squeak, beef and cabbage fried together because of its bubbling up and at the same time squeaking on the fire.

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Vegetarian Bubble and Squeak



  • 500g new potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 200g savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 20g butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Handful of cheddar cheese, grated (optional)


Fill a saucepan with cold water. Bring to the boil and add the potatoes. Cook until soft. Take off the heat and drain.

Add the butter to the potatoes and mash until smooth.

Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Add the cabbage and cook until tender. Drain.

Mix the potato and cabbage together, add cheese and season lightly.

Heat oil in a frying pan and add ‘rissoles’ of the potato mix. Flatten with the back of a spatula. Cook until brown. Turn and continue to cook until the second side is browned.

Serve immediately.

This is traditionally a leftovers dish – you can just throw all the remaining cooked vegetables from a roast together. The one thing you will definitely need though is potatoes – either mashed or roasted enough that they can be squashed down.

  • This Bubble and squeak recipe is one you can make from scratch rather than leftovers. I think it’s absolutely delicious with the inclusion of cabbage – and let’s face it, there just aren’t enough yummy cabbage recipes around!
  • Cook the cabbage until it is cooked through – you really don’t want crunchy greens in this recipe.
  • If you want to make this a little more fancy, add a tablespoon of mustard to the mixture before pan frying.
  • This recipe was created by Ella Walsh for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.


I am a man who dwells alone,
Save only that I keep a dog,
Who eats my scraps up, orts and bone,
So that the creature shares my prog.
I had a boiled salt round of beef
On Monday, all to my own cheek,
Wheron my hunger sought relief
From day to day, for near a week.
Of cold boiled beef the daily round,
After a while begins to tire,
One longs for something nicely browned,
Or steaming from the genial fire.
And then the beef was getting dry;
But food away I never fling,
What can be done with it? thought I:
Bubble and Squeek, sir! – that’s the thing.
KING GEORGE THE FOURTH was not a dunce
At least in gastronomic lore;
Bubble and Squeak he tasted once;
And then he ate it evermore.
The King had oft on turtle dined,
As I have sometimes chanced to do,
We both, to think I am inclined,
The less enjoyed it of the two.
So large with what it fed on grew
My whetted appetite’s increase,
That ‘twas as much as I could do
To leave my dog a little piece.
And even when I gave him that,
I muttered in a doubtful mood,
“is this quite right now – what I’m at,
In giving you, Sir, Christian food?”
The dish at which I’ve pegged away,
So that it my interior fills,
Would that they had it this cold day,
The Brave on the Crimea’s hills!
They in the cannon’s mouth do not
The Bubble reputation seek,
But Glory find; their onset hot,
Leaves to the Russians all the Squeak.
But Bubble, not of empty air,
And Squeak that’s more than idle sound,
Soon may those gallant heroes share
At mess on Russia’s conquered ground!
Anon. Punch 1855. vol. XXVIII, p.10

Sleeping with the onions

I have a cold.
The usual runny nose, watery eyes, constant sneezing!!!
So I have sliced up my onions and placed them on the night stand.
And have been enjoying a Hot Toddy before bed.
The best part of being sick 😀

And of course there is nothing like the Traditional Hot Toddy
😀 😀 😀

hot toddy

Traditional Scottish Hot Toddy

A wee dram of whisky – just a wee bit 😀
1 teaspoon honey
Boiled water
1 slice fresh lemon/lemon squash
1 pinch ground nutmeg (optional)
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 clove (optional and needs to be removed along with the cinnamon stick before drinking)

Put the honey into a mug and dissolve in a wee bit of boiled water.
Add the whisky depending on your taste. 1 -2 tablespoons is recommended.
Top up with more boiled water. Add the cinnamon stick and cloves if used. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Remove the stick and any cloves used.
Add the fresh lemon/lemon squash, stir well, then sprinkle with a pinch of ground nutmeg if used then serve.

Non Alcoholic Hot Toddy

A wee dram of whisky
1 teaspoon honey
Boiled water
1 slice fresh lemon/lemon squash
1 pinch ground nutmeg (optional)
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 clove (optional and needs to be removed along with the cinnamon stick before drinking)

Put the honey/sugar into a mug/cup with the lemon squash if used.
Add the boiled water. Add the fresh lemon slice if used instead of squash.
Add the cinnamon stick if used. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.
Sprinkle with ground nutmeg if used, then serve.

The hot toddy drink recipe for adults should not be given to anyone taking antibiotics or painkillers because of the whisky content though the adult hot toddy can still be made and drunk without alcohol. The honey and lemon content should help to give some comfort to a sore throat. The spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves provide a comforting smell, aroma and taste.

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I am only one times two…

Quotes for Kirty

I found this quote today times 2 who wrote it? Edward or Helen?

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

˜Edward Everett Hale˜

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

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